Ok, I can’t write an ode but I do love this cup and I only realised how much when I tried replacing it. I don’t use this cup for preparing real tea at all but the Bodum “tea for one” is perfect for herbal teas.
Things I love about this cup:
- It is double-walled with a vacuum between the walls so it keeps the liquid inside hot (especially with the lid on)
- The double wall means that the outside doesn’t get too hot to handle
- It came with the brew basket which has a mesh that is fine enough to prevent even small particles getting through (handy for when you grind herbs)
- Some herbal teas need to have their vapours contained in order to maximise benefits and the lid is perfect for that.
- The size of the brew basket means that bulky herbs are not a problem
- The glass cup allows me to gauge how strong the tea is
- The lid doubles as a saucer for the brew basket to stop it dripping
- It doesn’t have a handle – weird I know, but I like that it doesn’t have a handle. It’s more symmetrical.
- I’ve had this for over five years, use it three or four times a week and it is still not broken or chipped.
- It is easy to clean. I’ve always hand-washed mine but it is dishwasher safe.
- It is a good size for herbal teas (350ml)
- The brew basket doesn’t absorb the flavour of the tea so you don’t get the flavour of the last herb that was prepared in it.
The “tea for one” is no longer available on the Bodum website and seems to be replaced with the Yo-Yo set. It looked like it might do the trick but it didn’t. It is not double walled and the lid is smaller than the cup so there are gaps all around that let out heat and vapours. A more minor issue is the handle. It just looks wrong but I would get over that if it were not for the other two problems. I foresee a bleak future for this cup at the back of the top shelf.
The situation is not completely hopeless. I can still buy the double-walled glasses on their own and try to find a brew basket and lid that fits them afterwards. In the mean time though, after five years of taking my bodum cup and strainer for granted, I’m now afraid to use it in case I break it.